REVIVAL COURSE #2
Getting the Gifts of the Holy Ghost
As almost all good boyscouts know, once you strike a match or set a
spark, it is a great help to get the fire going good if you blow on
it. Moreover, air, is an important element in any fire, for without
it, the fire will go out! Furthermore, the more the air blows, the
hotter will be the fire--as in a forge, blast furnace, or a forest
fire. The same is basically true of spiritual fire, as well.
WHAT IS SPIRITUAL FIRE?
Sorry, but for a moment, we need to back-track a bit. In the last
lesson, we saw that when a person accepts Christ's sacrifice on the
Cross, they become born again. So, what does this mean? The Spirit of
Christ or Holy Ghost comes into the heart of the Believer and lives
there. This is called the Indwelling (John 14:17,23; II Corinthians
6:16). Some Believers walk so close to God that their inner man
becomes filled to the brim with God's Spirit. This is Holiness or
being Spirit-filled (Acts 4:8, 6:3; Ephesians 5:18-19). But, some
Believers press on even further untill they get the Outpouring (Isaiah
44:3; Ezekiel 39:28-29; Joel 2:28-29), or what we have come to call
the Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Mark 1:8; Acts 1:5, 11:16). This
is spiritual fire or POWER (Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8).
WHO GIVES US SPIRITUAL FIRE?
Some people find this confusing, so let me go over it very carefully.
While there is only ONE TRUE GOD (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; John 17:3), He is
divided into 3 parts or Persons called God the Father, God the Son
(Christ), and God the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:16, 28:19; I John 5:7).
Now, it is the Holy Ghost that is Poured Out upon you and enters you
(John 14:16-17). But, He will not do this except you Believe in Jesus
and His work on the Cross (John 7:39)--which is why you needed to read
that section, first. And, He will not come, but that the Father sends
Him (John 15:26). So, they all work together in the Outpouring and
in providing you with Spiritual Fire.
WHY DO WE NEED SPIRITUAL FIRE?
If life were a bed of roses, then we would be back in Paradise. But,
life here, in the material world, is a real struggle. In fact, it is
a battle! A Spiritual Warfare. And we need every tool and help that
we can get. Now, those who have been Baptized in the Holy Ghost also
tend to get Spiritual Gifts or supernatural powers along with it
(Acts 8:18-20; I Corinthians 12:1, 4-6; II Timothy 1:6). However,
Engiftment is not like magic. The Gifts that we receive are not for
ourselves, but for the benefit of others, that are in the Body of
Christ--those in His Congregations (I Corinthians 12:7). And, those
who are blessed with Gifts, can be of great help and aid to the rest
of us who are so needy! Just check out the list of Gifts available
and see if they are not handy to have (Romans 12:6-8; I Corinthians
12:8-11; Ephesians 4:11; I Peter 4:9-11).
WHEN CAN WE GET SPIRITUAL FIRE?
There are a variety of ways that you can get the Baptism of the Holy
Ghost or Outpouring: by laying on of hands (Acts 19:6); being in
worship (Acts 4:29-31); during your water baptism (Matthew 3:13-17);
listening to a POWERFUL Preacher (Acts 10:42-46); by your own prayer
(Luke 11:9-13); through the anointing oil (I Samuel 16:11-13); and
by the Breath of God (John 20:22). Consequently, it is not necessarily
important how you got it, it is just very important that you do get the
Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Seek the Outpouring! It will give you
amazing POWER for your own life--as well as the others around you.
WHERE CAN YOU GET SPIRITUAL FIRE?
Well, logically, you might assume that you can just go to church.
However, much of the modern Religious Establishment has lost its roots
and looks down on the Outpouring (Acts 2:13). And some even go way out
on a limb and say that the Gifts are of the Devil (Matthew 12:24-32).
However, there are some good Preachers out there who hold meetings that
you can get the Outpouring at. And, there are some Pentecostal or
Charismatic Churches that you can attend and get the Baptism of the
Holy Ghost. (The Assemblies of God is widespread and fairly well known
one.) Also, some Full Gospel Groups (like Full Gospel Business Men's
Fellowship International) can be helpful in getting the Gifts for you.
However, just be sure that whoever you seek it with is reasonalby lined
up with the Scriptures and the things that we have taught you from them.
So, don't delay. Go seek your Gift. Yes, you will do that tomorrow?
Now, that is just procrastinating! Why not do it now? Now! Yes,
HOW DO YOU GET SPIRITUAL FIRE?
While there are a variety of means and methods, one that you can
pursue right now is PRAYER. Yes, we can pray together right now,
and see if God will not fill you to over flowing. Join with us
and say the following prayer out loud (so that God will know that you
agree with it).
Now, that is a start. Perhaps you will get the Outpouring NOW? Then,
again, it may come later. Perhaps you will need to pray again?
(And, again?) Many do. And, it also helps to listen to some
Spirit-filled music while you are praying for the Baptism of the Holy
Ghost (I Samuel 10:5-6). In fact, in the old fashioned Tarrying
Meetings, they would pray for awhile and then sing inspirational songs
for awhile, on into the night, untill the Spirit of God would fall on
them (Luke 24:49). Perhaps that is what you will need to do, too?
For, people are individuals. And how they got the Outpouring is often
different from each other. The important thing is that you try. And,
that you keep trying untill you get it.
- Father God, I claim YOUR Promise to me, according to Luke
11:9-13, which says that if we ask of you the Holy Ghost that you
will freely give it to us--and not give us something else as a
sibstitute that is bad for us.
- I profess that I believe in YOUR Son, Jesus Christ, who died on
the Cross, shedding HIS Blood to pay for my sins--as my death by
proxy (and I thank you for Him).
- I now renouce the Devil, his followers, and all of their
wicked ways and command them, in Jesus' Name, to be gone from
- Instead, Heavenly Father, send YOUR precious Holy Ghost into
my heart and life--to lead me and guide me in following the Ways
that are pleasing to YOU.
- And especially, I pray that you will Pour Out of YOUR Spirit
upon me and give me the Baptism of the Holy Ghost--and Manifest
some of YOUR Gifts in my Life, that I might use them to help
THE NEXT STEP...
Now that we have introduced you to PRAYER (to get the Outpouring),
it is time to study this subject in a little more detail. Afterall,
if you are going to be God's Child, HE is going to expect you to
speak to HIM! So, you need to learn a little about this.
- To get PRAYER!!! (click here):
NEED MORE DETAILS ON SPIRITUAL FIRE?
So, you are an aspiring Seminary Student, huh? Or, are you just
curious and would like some more information on the Baptism of the
Holy Ghost? Well, we do have more details about it, so follow the
links below, if you want to know more:
Well, as you may know, it is one of the 3 Main Goals of ZDK to
promote the Charismatic Gifts as the second part of the Full Gospel,
so we have several Web Pages on receiving the Outpouring.
Theologically, this is Engiftment, though it is more commonly refered
to as the Baptism of the Holy Ghost or the Outpouring. So, if this
Article does not appeal to you, then try out the other ones. Perhaps
you will find one that is just right for you? You can look them up in
Our Revival Chapel, or use the handy link, below:
- To get UNITED PENTECOSTAL LITERATURE (click here):
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Dated: 5-19-99 . . . Updated 6-26-99